For the first time in about two decades, Bill Belichick‘s team looks pretty bad. The New England Patriots have ultimately gotten off to a poor 2-4 start and have looked terrible in their two most recent games. There is not much time for the Patriots to go all-in and try to win this season, either. The NFL’s trade deadline is on Nov. 3. However, one player could be the answer for the Patriots to turn things around and get back to the playoffs. That player is New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas.
The New England Patriots have struggled so far in 2020
Through their first three games this season, it seemed that the Patriots were still going to have a pretty good year, even without Tom Brady. They started 2-1 and played one of the best teams in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, pretty tough.
However, Cam Newton then tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Patriots’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs, one that they ultimately lost 26-10. Then, following a bye in Week 5, he has since been back but has been horrible in the past two games.
New England lost to the Denver Broncos 18-12 in Week 6. Newton threw no touchdowns and two interceptions in the game, and he got sacked four times. Then in Week 7, the Patriots got embarrassed by the San Francisco 49ers, 33-6. Newton threw for only 98 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions in the game.
So, through seven weeks of the 2020 NFL season, the Patriots are only 2-4. This is while Tom Brady is still dominating in Tampa Bay, as the Buccaneers have a 5-2 record so far.
So, what can the Patriots do to right the ship and get back on track to reach the playoffs? Bill Belichick must at least give Michael Thomas a look.
Michael Thomas has had a disappointing 2020 NFL season with the Saints
Michael Thomas was one of the best players in all of football in 2019, as he won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award. He ultimately led the NFL in catches that year with 149 and in receiving yards with 1,725.
However, this season has not gone well for the star pass-catcher. Thomas played in the Sants’ season-opener against the Buccaneers and only caught three passes for 17 yards. He then ultimately suffered a high-ankle sprain, which led to him missing the next three games.
Thomas then didn’t play again in Week 5, but it was because the Saints essentially suspended him. This came after he reportedly got into a fight with a teammate and talked back to coaches, according to CBS Sports.
It then appeared that Thomas was on track to return for Week 7. He ended up tweaking his hamstring in practice, though, and missed that game as well.
Now, there are reports that the Saints might be willing to discuss trade offers for Thomas.
“Some in league circles believe that the Saints could be willing to move him, and/or that Thomas could be interested in moving,” Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported.
He also reported this: “this much is true: The Thomas camp has tried to get another team to make the Saints an offer for the man who set the single-season receiving record in 2019. No offer has been made to the Saints, and at this point the belief is that no offer will be made.”
There probably hasn’t been an offer made because it will take a lot to get him. For Bill Belichick and the Patriots, though, it would be worth it.
Bill Belichick needs to consider trading for Michael Thomas
The offer for Thomas needs to be pretty good for the Saints to trade him. He is not only one of the best players in the NFL, but the Saints would take a $20 million cap charge in 2021 if they were to trade him, according to Florio.
However, the Patriots have $22.79 million in cap space, according to Over the Cap. So, if they have some picks that can help the Saints with that cap charge, they should absolutely look into trading for Thomas.
Additionally, New England only has one receiver in the top 50 in receiving yards this season. No, Newton hasn’t played well, but his life would be much easier if he had Thomas to throw to. The Patriots would go from not having any dynamic receivers at all, to having one of the best wide receivers in the entire league.
If Belichick wants to prove that he was the better half in the legendary Belichick-Brady duo, he needs to try anything. Acquiring Thomas could be the answer, and it would also match Brady’s recent acquisition of Antonio Brown.
The New England Patriots have one of the worst offenses in the league, as they are only averaging 19.2 points per game. Michael Thomas could help that offense improve tremendously.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference